Zabit Magomedsharipov


Held back by poor health
May 30, 2021
Magomedsharipov won't return to the octagon until his health problems are resolved, Ryan Harkness of SB Nation reports.
The fighter is experiencing serious problems with his immune system, and it keeps him from preparing fully for fights. He won't fight until the problems are resolved, and it remains to be seen when that will be. Magomedsharipov hasn't fought since November of 2019.
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Officially taken off Aug. 29 card
August 8, 2020
Magomedsharipov will be removed from the Aug. 29 and will no longer be fighting at the event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Magomedsharipov's chances to fight Aug. 29 were put into jeopardy after his opponent Yair Rodriguez was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury this past Tuesday. UFC President Dana White has yet to make a statement on the fight being canceled or if he has a potential make-up fight for Magomedsharipov in the future.
Status for Aug. 29 uncertain
August 4, 2020
Magomedsharipov will need a new opponent if he still intends to compete on the August 29 card, as Yair Rodriguez is off the card due to an ankle injury, Mike Heck of reports.
This unfortunate news was rumored earlier in the day and officially confirmed by UFC President Dana White in an interview following Tuesday's Contender Series event. It's unclear exactly what forced Rodriguez off the card, of if the UFC will attempt to proceed with a new opponent for Magomedsharipov -- a top featherweight prospect with a 18-1-0 record.
Date set for Rodriguez fight
July 31, 2020
Magomedsharipov will take on Yair Rodriguez in a featherweight matchup set for August 29 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
While some thought Magomedsharipov's recent win against Calvin Kattar warranted a title shot, the UFC will return to a previously-proposed matchup and feed the top prospect its No. 5 contender in Las Vegas. Magomedsharipov is a perfect 6-0 under the UFC banner and has been an strong fantasy scorer along the way, averaging 4.89 significant strikes landed per minute and 5.22 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time. He'll draw a fighter in Rodriguez that nearly matches his striking level (4.33), but isn't nearly as much of a threat in the grappling department, sporting just a 63 percent takedown defense. Magomedsharipov -- who also has height and reach advantages -- will likely take a wrestling-heavy approach in a fight he should enter as a relatively sizable betting favorite. A win could lock up a title shot, though it's possible the UFC makes him get through the likes of Max Holloway, Brian Ortega or Chan Sung Jung first.
Another big win, title shot next?
November 9, 2019
Magomedsharipov defeated Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
It was another sublime performance from Zabit. In fact, for a couple reasons, one could argue it was his most impressive performance inside the Octagon. After using his wrestling game to secure his first four UFC wins, Zabit defeated the heavy-handed Kattar in what was essentially a 15-minute kickboxing match. He landed his first and only takedown with about 15 seconds left in the bout. Second, was the fact his chin held up despite eating countless power shots from Kattar. Zabit clearly won the first two rounds and could have cruised to a decision, but he engaged his opponent in the third and final frame and lived to tell about it. That effort put on a stellar show for fans and earned each combatant a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus. Simply put, it's impossible to train for Zabit because there isn't a single 145-pounder on the roster who can match what he brings to the table. The guy makes the featherweight limit without issue despite standing 6-foot-1 and then goes out and employs elite-level abilities in multiple disciplines. If his chin holds up, he might be unbeatable. Zabit could be next in line for the winner of next month's UFC Featherweight Championship fight between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski. Zabit better hope that Holloway wins because a Volkanovksi victory would likely result in Max getting an immediate, well-deserved rematch.
Bout rescheduled
September 16, 2019
Magomedsharipov will face Calvin Kattar on November 9 in Moscow, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The bout was originally scheduled for Oct. 18 in Boston, but Magomedsharipov withdrew for an undisclosed reason. This will go from a tough crowd in Boston, to a home fight for the Russian, which will clearly favor Magomedsharipov. The Russian will be looking to extend his UFC winning streak to six when he takes on a worthy opponent in Kattar.